The Ideal Homemaker

A Good Mom is a Great Homemaker, Right?

The Ideal Homemaker I am a wife. I am mom to five kids, ages 16, 12, 11, 9, and 6.5. I am a homemaker. My main job is the unpaid work that goes on here at home to keep our family functioning. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom like I currently am, a mom who works outside the home, a mom who works at/from your house, or some combination thereof, you’re probably familiar with the demands of home-making. (Side note: For the record, I tried the whole “working mom” thing for a couple years recently – it nearly killed me! Being a mom is HARD work, y’all; being a working mom – just wow. You are … Read More...

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Stop Wishing and Start DO-ing

There are some things in my life that I want to change. I'm no longer satisfied with how they are. Yet all I do is wishful thinking and a bit of self-flagellating. Nothing changes. "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." ~Anthony Robbins I don't want to be 30 lbs overweight any longer. I don't like how I look, but mostly I don't like how I feel. Physically, I feel sluggish, lazy, and heartburn-y all the time. Emotionally, I fluctuate from feeling embarrassed/ashamed to unconcerned, from insecure to confident, and from ugly to pretty (yes, these are … Read More...

A Letter from God

A little over a week ago, I had the privilege of spending the weekend with a group of 115 or so women. Together, we underwent a soul makeover, learning to see ourselves through the eyes of God. Even though I was the one at the front of the room speaking, I also learned so much! In one of our sessions, we spent some quiet time in listening prayer. One woman shared a letter she wrote, from God to herself, that resonated with us all. I promised to share it here, for them and for you. And for me, too. You can download & print the letter, or read it below... With love, My Dearest … Read More...

Life Shouldn’t be so HARD!

Recently, friends have been asking me for advice...about marriage and parenting. (Ha! The irony. They think I know something about these things!) My friends are worn out, beaten down, broken, and ready to throw in the towel. They want to quit. They want to start fresh. They want a manual. They want help. They just plain want life to stop being so HARD. Anyone else? (Tyler raises her hand!) I recall those years of our marriage. The days when arguing and criticizing were the only words spoken and any remaining hours were spent in stony silence. When the daily hurt seemed more than I could … Read More...

A Fresh Start for 2014

Today is the last day of my 35th year,* and still one of the early days of the fresh, new year...And thoughts of fresh starts are on my mind. I love fresh starts. Monday is my favourite day of the week. I look forward to the first of every month. The new year (January) and the new school year (September) are the most exciting pages in my calendar. The idea of forgetting the past and moving ahead with new plans, new hopes, new dreams, and new goals is truly beautiful. Each fresh start is an opportunity to re-write the future. The problem is that I keep re-starting the same things over … Read More...